Spring is set to officially begin on March 20th meaning it's time to get into the spring of things! Yes, it may be pretty mucky and snowy outside, but sooner than you know the snow will be melted and the sun will be out. Spring is the season where everything goes from looking super grey and ugly to suddenly turning green, bright, and colourful.
From the singing birds to the blue skies, something about the change in weather immediately puts everyone in a great mood. If you and your s/o are stuck wondering what to do, look no further, there are plenty of fun things to do this spring. Whether you guys love the outdoors during this time of the year or prefer staying inside, there is something for everyone.
Play arcade games through the night at Room 104
Room 104 just opened up in Ottawa and if you're someone that loves arcade games you have to go. There is no cover fee to enter Room 104 and shots are only $4 each! So if you're trying to save your money then this is the place for you. The bar is open 7 nights a week so you and your bae can head here for some fun whenever you wish!
Hunt for Ottawa's Street Art together
With the weather warming up we can all finally walk outside without 100 layers of clothing on! It's time to head outside with your s/o and search for some of the most colourful and bright street murals in the city.
Go for dinner in a unique dome along the Rideau Canal
If you're in search for something extremely different and memorable to do with your love, look no further. This event is coming to Ottawa in April and tickets are selling out quick! From the gorgeous Ottawa views to the unbelievable meals, this is a perfect way to spend your night with your bae.
Get active together at Archery Games
There's no better time to get more active than when the weather starts to change up. The warm weather can really motivate us to get moving more often. At Archery Games you and your bae may end up competing on the same team or completely against each other, either way, you are in for a fun date!
Visit the stunning Canadian Tulip Festival together
This spring you and your s/o have to make your way to the largest tulip festival in the world. This year is the festivals 66th anniversary and it begins on May 11th. Dow's Lake completely transforms into a tulip wonderland and is the perfect way to spend your day with your bae this spring.
Take a cute selfie together at Foreign Cinéma
This pretty restaurant and bar is located in the ByWard Market. They serve up American contemporary cuisine, with specialty cocktails and drink pairings. Foreign Cinéma is open for dinner and after dinner is served, the restaurant transforms into a bar. If you lovebirds are looking for somewhere new and refreshing to go, definitely check out Foreign Cinéma together.
Stroll through the Dominion Arboretum
During the month of May the Dominion Arboretum fills up with stunning pink cherry blossom trees, making it a super cute and romantic place to take a walk with your love. With spring upon us, by late March you can head here and finally see the grass get a little green and the trees have budding leaves.
Attend Ottawa ComiCon together
From May 11th to May 13th Ottawa ComiCon will take over. Last year Ottawa ComiCon welcomed so many iconic actors including Mathew Lewis from Harry Potter, Adam West from Batman, and Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale! This year Ottawa is welcoming Billy Boyd from Lord of the Rings and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones.
Hit up Lansdowne's Farmers Market together
Every Sunday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm you two lovebirds can make your way to Lansdowne's Farmers Market for a fun-filled morning. While at the market you can have fresh food, admire fresh flowers, and get your favourite local grains, meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies.
Hold some butterflies together at The Canadian Museum of Nature
This is such a great chance to immerse yourself in a butterfly world. The Canadian Museum of Nature is holding a butterfly exhibition that showcases butterflies from Costa Rica. If you two love nature and want to be one with some stunning butterflies then you have to check out this exhibit before it closes on April 2nd.
Cross the finish line together at Ottawa's annual Race Weekend
By the time May rolls around we're pretty much a couple of weeks away from "official" summer. By now the sky is blue, birds are out, and the grass is finally green. Running in Ottawa Race Weekend is such a fun thing to do with your bae. Even if you don't run consistently, you two will still feel a great deal of accomplishment for finishing the race.
Enjoy Italian gelato from Mantovani 1946
We can finally start to eat ice cream again without feeling totally out of place! This is the perfect place to go to ring in the spring season and ice cream weather. At Mantovani 1946 you can indulge in amazing gelato and scrumptious Italian desserts.
Go glamping together at Elements Luxury Tented Camp
For those boujee couples out there, Elements Luxury Tented Camp is calling your name. If you're always wanting to go camping but you're too afraid of bugs or wild animals, then you have to check out these luxury tents. It's a great way to escape reality and embrace natures beauty while at the same time feeling comfortable and at home.
Reach new heights at Altitude Gym
If you lovebirds are into fitness and are also super competitive, this is the perfect combo of both. At Altitude Gym you can climb on as many walls as you wish. The two of you can race to the top to see who wins, or simply encourage each other to reach new heights.
Spend your day together at Nordik Spa-Nature
If you're in uni exam stresses are at a high right now, what better way to chill out after finals in April than to head to a spa with your love? Make your way to Nordik Spa-Nature for a complete day of hyper-relaxation that you both deserve.
Watch an outdoor movie at Ciné-Parc Templeton
Take a drive to Quebec to watch a drive-in movie together. This is such an adorable date night that you two lovebirds are sure to enjoy. Pack up your best snacks and head out. The drive-in is set to open this spring so keep an eye on their website for exact dates.
Enjoy a yummy bubble tea at Chatime
Chatime opened up in 2017 and if two have never been now is your chance to go. Chatime serves up the most unreal bubble tea. Some flavours include Hazelnut Chocolate Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Tea Mousse, and Mango Green Tea.
Take a nighttime walk with your bae
On March 11th the time is finally changing, which means nights will finally be longer! With the weather finally warming up it means that the nights aren't AS cold anymore. You lovebirds can finally take strolls at night without feeling your fingers and toes completely freeze up.
Meet some furry friends at Parc Omega
Take a drive through Parc Omega to meet some animal friends or get out of your car and pet them. There are many kinds of Canadian animals from wolves to deer to caribou wandering freely in their natural habitats. If you two love animals and nature, you will love this activity.
Take a jog through Andrew Haydon Park
With the weather warming up going outside for a run doesn't sound as wet and slippery! You can finally lace up your sneakers and go for a jog without worrying about ice patches or snow. This park is stunning, especially if you want to watch the sunset, have a picnic, jog, or even just stroll.
Grab some unbelievable cookies together from Boko Bakery
If you two love cookies then you will 100% enjoy this bakery. Boko Bakery is located on Elgin Street and they offer up the tastiest cookies ever. From M&M to Nutella to S'more, you will not be disappointed at this cookie heaven.
Become artists at Paint Nite Ottawa
Painting is such a fun activity, seriously, whether you're artistic or not it is a great way to relax and have fun. The best part is you get to keep the painting once you're done. So if you guys are in search of some art for your place, why buy it when you can paint it for yourself!
Start to conquer Ottawa's Hiking Bucket List
Hiking is a great activity to do with your bae. As you walk you two will talk, laugh, and tell stories, all of this is what makes a hike as fun as it is. Plus as you hike, you are completely immersed in nature so you have no distractions from each other.
Choose your favourite cupcakes from The Cupcake Lounge
Who doesn't love a delicious gourmet cupcake?! Make your way to The Cupcake Lounge to enjoy the most amazing cupcake ever. Here you can try an Oreo, Maple Cinnamon, or Red Velvet cupcake. The Cupcake Lounge also offers gluten-free options, so if you eat gluten-free, you're covered.
Play pool together at MacLaren's on Elgin
Make your way to the legendary MacLaren's on Elgin to play some pool and have some drinks. MacLaren's on Elgin has 21 pool tables and it only costs $12 an hour. So you and your bae can head downtown and get competitive with each other or you can teach each other how to play if you're both beginners.
Take part in the Worlds Largest Escape Room
Escape Manor teamed up with The Diefenbunker Museum to create this spectacular escape room. Booking a spot to play in the escape can be challenging so I suggest you book about a month in advance if you lovebirds want to go.
Watch the sunset together at Nepean Point
Nepean Point is located behind the National Gallery of Canada and it is sure to impress you with great views of Ottawa. This is a great way to get in some physical activity while embracing the amazing spring weather.
Head to Sugar Lumberfest at Lansdowne Park
This is the second year that the Sugar Lumberfest will take on Ottawa so if you two missed it last year, here's your second chance. Make sure you reserve your seats for one of three sittings to indulge on a non-traditional gourmet menu prepared by Rituel’s chef Jean-Philippe Ménard. There will also be a hot chocolate bar, maple taffy bar, and a lumberjack competition!
Enjoy a delicious Acai bowl together at RAW Pulp + Grind
With summer around the corner the two of you may want to start eating a little bit healthier. Look no further because RAW Pulp + Grind is super nutritious and delicious. Head here to enjoy a meal that is not only tasty but also beneficial for your well-being.
Take in the stunning views at Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
Make your way to Andaz Ottawa Byward Market for a drink and some views. This hotel in the ByWard Market is one of, if not the best place to see Ottawa from above. If you're looking for something boujee and classy to do then you need to visit Andaz.